The year is coming to an end and as always, everybody starts to rewind and summarize what actually happened. WEDIVE.no is not even a year old, but we have as always been photographing continuously the entire year. The selected images are our personal favorites from each month.

January

January is a dark month in Norway and especially in the north where the sun never rise above the horizon. The visibility is excellent but the lack of light makes it hard to capture good wide angle images. We focused on the small subjects and mainly used our macro lenses.

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Polycera quadrilineata in Hagan boat harbor in Harstad. Photo by Siv Pedersen, Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm, 1/250s, f/36, Iso 100

 

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Mating nudibranches Polycera quadrilineata. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 105mm, 1/250s, f/29, Iso 100

 

February

The visibility is excellent in February. The sun has returned and there are great conditions for some amazing wreck diving. It is time to mount the wide angle lens.

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The wreck of a fishing boat. Photo by Siv Pedersen, Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/60s, f/4, Iso 400.

On the small islands of Kjør outside Sola in the south of Norway, the grey seals gather in great numbers during spring to moult their fur. We visited the islands towards the end of the month and had a great experience with some playful seals. Check out our video.

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Playful grey seals at Kjørholmane natur reserve. Photo by Vidar Skålevik. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/125s, f/5, Iso 400.

March

The spring bloom of alges normally starts in the Stavanger area around 1th March. About a month later it reaches the Harstad area. Because of the early easter this year, we decided to spend the easter holiday in northern Norway. We had some great dives with good visibility. Check out our video from the dive in Austerstraumen

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Austerstraumen bridge on the way out to Lofoten. Photo by Siv Pedersen, Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/160s, f/8, Iso 200.

 

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The wreck of Dronning Maud. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/20s, f/2.8, iso 400.

April

Spring is in full bloom and its time to dig out the macro lens again or try something completely different.

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Lumpfish (rognkjeks) eggs. Photo by Siv Pedersen, Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm, 1/125s, f/20, iso 100.

Vidar tried out photographing mating toads in Ryfylke. Check out this video from the trip.

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Selfie with toad in Bergatjørn. You can barely see the feets of the male toad on her back. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, 1/250s, f/6,3, iso 100.

May

In May we went to Oman to check out the diving in Mirbat and Sifah on behalf of Dykkebazaar. You can read more about the trip here

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Hawkfish. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm, 1/160s, f/20, Iso 200

 

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Honeycomb moray eels at a small wreck in Sifah. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/125s, f/7,1, Iso 100.

June

There is a lot of light in June, but the visibility can vary a lot. On the midsummer night 23rd. June, we tried to capture the essens of the of the «bonfire dive» in Stavanger Dykkerklubb.

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Bonfire dive. Photo by Vidar Skålevik. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/250s, f/7,1, Iso 400.

When you have a lot of light available, you can experience with blue og green backgrounds on the macro images.

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Hermit crab. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 105mm, 1/100s, f/10, Iso 500.

July

Shark and holiday time! We did several dives with the schools of Spiny dogfish at Reve. Read more about this here.

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Spiny dogfish and diver. Photo by Vidar Skålevik. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/200, f/7,1, Iso 320.

In the end of July we spent a week in the boat in the Bømlo area. See our video from the boat trip here!

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Røværholmen lighthouse. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/80s, f/14, Iso 100

August

We visited Senja during the start of August. See our trip video here!

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Jellyfish at Bøvær. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/160s, f/16, iso 200.

 

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Jellyfish and mergling juveniles. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/30s, f/6,3, Iso 400.

September

In September we competed in the Norwegian championship of underwater photography and won the gold and silver medal! The following weekend we traveled to Northern Norway for the biggest gathering of scuba divers in Scandinavia; Nord Norges Treffet. See our video from the event here!

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Winning image in the wide-angle with model category. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/80s, f/10, Iso 100.

 

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Mating crabs on the hull of Georg Thiele. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/8s, f/7,1, Iso 500.

October

We care about the marine environment and have been very active in clean up operations in Stavanger, Lofoten and Harstad. We have made several videos to document the operations and to create awareness of this gigantic and hidden problem. On our YouTube channels you will find 10 videos in total related to marine pollution and clean up.

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A bag of garbage ready to be lifted out of the water outside Harstad. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/160s, f/8, Iso 200.

Very few trimix dives this year, but one excellent dive to D/S Sandeid, a wreck with a unique story. See our video here!

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The bow of Sandeid at 50 meters depth. Photo by Vidar Skålevik. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/10s, f/4, Iso 640.

November

In the end of November we travelled to Raja Ampat. This part of Indonesia has the highest marine biodiversity in the world. It was an excellent trip and we will publish more pictures and video next year.

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Whaleshark. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/160s, f/8, Iso 200.

 

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Insane colors in Larrys Dive Heaven, Triton Bay. Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/30s, f/8, Iso 250

December

The Raja Ampat trip lasted until 9th of December. Check out our teaser video here!

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Coral. Photo by Siv Pedersen. Nikon D300, Sigma 4,5mm, 1/50s, f/8, Iso 200.

 

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Merry Christmas! Photo by Vidar Skålevik, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10,5mm, 1/40s, f/6,3, Iso 400.